Are pulses good for the environment?
Pulses have a significantly lower carbon footprint than other food sources.
They're also great for soil and use very little water to grow!
Low carbon footprint
Greenhouse gas emissions from crop production are largely caused by nitrogen fertilizers.
Pulses require less nitrogen fertilizers because they create their own fertilization by pulling nitrogen from the air and into the soil.
Pulses use just one-tenth of the water of other proteins. For example, it takes only 43 gallons of water to produce 1 lb of pulses compared to 800–1,800 gallons of water to produce the same amount of animal protein.
Pulses extract water from a shallower depth, leaving more water deep in the soil for other crops, which makes them well-adapted for drought-prone areas.
Pulses support a healthy and diverse farm system.
They enrich soil health by leaving behind essential nutrients including nitrogen and beneficial microbes for the next crop.
Feeding the world
North America is the leading producer of pulse crops in the world.
Since the world’s growing population will require a 70% increase in agricultural production by 2050, pulses’ low carbon footprint and water and soil efficiency make them the ideal sustainable food of the future.
Check out some of our graphics and resources about pulse sustainability below!